25 FEBRUARY 1882

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The week has been full of rumours about an impending

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quarrel between Russia and Austria, serious enough to affect all Bourses adversely. There is something in the stories, though not quite so much as alarmists think. It was...

A very strange incident is reported from Moscow, in a

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tele- gram through Reuter, dated Berlin. It is affirmed that the Metropolitan of Moscow has addressed a letter to the Czar, urging him to come out from his seclusion in...

It was impossible for the Government to endure the repeal

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of the Land Act by a side-wind, and in the teeth of the Represen- tative House, and therefore, while Lord Granville on Monday announced that the Government would be no party to...

*** The Edit ore cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

Mr. Bradlaugh has succeeded in his object of getting himself

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expelled from the House of Commons. On Tuesday he stole a march on the House, by appearing at the table, taking the oath on a New Testament, signing it and leaving a copy on the...


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T HE Lords sprang a mine on the Government on Friday week. Lord Dononghmore moved that a Committee should be ap- pointed to " inquire into the Irish Land Act, and its effect...

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Sir Stafford Northcote's reply was very temperate, and, indeed, hardly

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gave the impression of genuine personal convic- tion that closure of debate by a majority is really dangerous. He insisted that safeguards are of no use, because the popular...

Mr. E. Clarke, on Tuesday, once more introduced a proposal,.

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which is constantly made, that Bills which have passed the- second reading before the close of the Session should be re- sumed in the succeeding Session, at the stage of...

Mr. Gladstone, in proposing on Monday the first of the

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New Rules of procedure,—that which empowers an absolute majority of the House, on the Speaker's expression of his belief that the general sense of the House is in favour of...

The debate on the report of the Address was concluded

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yes- terday week, after nine days' discussion of the subjects contained in it, the report being finally agreed to by 129 votes against 14. On this, the last night, the...

Mr. Barclay, too (M.P. for Forfarshire), openly asserted that the

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distress was greatly due to the trammels on the tenant-farmers, whose improvements had been confiscated by their landlords; and that it was quite as impossible for farmers to...

In his speech on the resolution, the Prime Minister disclaimed

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most eloquently all party motive, and declared that the sole object of the Government was to relieve the House from a most dangerous and discrediting position. He recalled the...

In the debate which followed, Sir Charles Forster made a

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good speech for the Closure; Mr. Marriott a very clap-trap one• against it, in which he spoke of the reluctance one would feel to present a housebreaker with " a jemmy," though...

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A plucky experiment was tried successfully last Saturday, and again

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on Tuesday in the present week, at Bradfield' College. This was the presentation of the Alcestis of Euripides in the original Greek. The play was acted partly by the boys at...

Consols were on Friday 100'to

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The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council have reversed - Lord

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Penzance's decree of June 5th, 1880,in Mr. Mackonochie's ease, so far as he refused to punish Mr. Mackonochie by depri- vation or otherwise for the acts complained of—and which...

The Opposition in the Hungarian Diet on Tuesday asked the

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Premier, Herr Tisza, whether the Government intended to annex Bosnia, to make it autonomous, or to restore it to Turkey. 'The Minister flatly refused to make any reply,...

The electors of Meath have returned Michael Davitt unop- posed.

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The election is, of course, void, as Davitt is undergoing a regular legal sentence, but the occurrence shows the temper of the county. Davitt is a much better man than most Land...

Mr. C. P. Ilbert, of the Equity Bar, and one

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of Sir H. Thring's Staff, has been appointed Legal Member of Conucil in India. The selection, though possibly an admirable one, will certainly occasion some surprise. The...

We are to have no commercial treaty with France, but

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M. 'Tirard has introduced a Bill under which, if it passes into an Act, we are to have the advantage of being treated by France as the most favoured nations are treated, so long...

London has been amused this week by the failure of

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an effort to export "Jumbo," the colossal African elephant, now at the Zoological Gardens. " Jumbo " is twenty-one, and nearly full- grown, and has, according to the Secretary...

The alarm felt about the Revolution in Egypt is said

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to be subsiding, for no reason whatever that we can perceive. Arabi Bey must dismiss the Europeans, or be replaced by some stronger leader. On the 6th inst., the two...

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THE LORDS' COMMITTEE ON IRELAND. A RE the Lords " fey ?" The Upper House has committed many imprudences in our time, and has repeatedly dammed up the flood of opinion by a...

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N O one could properly quarrel with the tone of the Con- servative Leader in relation to the Closure. It is impossible to conceive a more temperate speech than that made by Mr....

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W E are not disposed to undervalue the seriousness of the crisis in Eastern Europe, but the true reasons for alarm are frequently overlooked. The extreme desire of many...

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M R. BRADLAUGH has got himself expelled, at last, and the question now arises whether or not the electors of Northampton should return him once more to Parliament, as a protest...

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W E owe an apology to the Bishop of Peterborough for being misled, by imperfect reports, into giving a wrong idea of his speech in Convocation on Mr. Green's im- prisonment....

THE JEWS IN RUSSIA. T HE Reports of our Consuls on

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the alleged outrages on the Jews in Russia more than justify the suspension of judgment which we have practised and recommended until materials for forming a sound opinion were...

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I F the House of Commons is wise, it will, even before the new Rules of Procedure are passed, establish another, enabling the Speaker to silence for the Session any Member...


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T HE explosion of friendship for "Jumbo," the great African elephant in the Zoological Gardens, which marked the London newspapers of Tuesday, though a little grotesque in form,...

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W E have, of course, not the slightest intention of assuming that the woman, Esther Pay, charged with the strangling of little Georgina Moore—the woman against whom the...

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CONVOCATION AND THE RITUALISTS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " sPECT•TOR. "l Stn,—Your comments anon the resolution carried by me in Convocation, on the subject of Mr. Green's...

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SIR, — Will you kindly allow the seconder of the refo•mandum unanimously adopted by the Lower House at York, to explain that it was not so inadequate, to the purpose in view, as...

[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] cm,—Will you allow

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me to correct what appears to me to be a mistake on your part as to the feelings of the Bishops of the Southern Province about Mr. Green's imprisonment? You write as.if they...

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not sure whether you wish to infer, in your- interesting article last Saturday on Mr. Hinton's beautiful and suggestive speculations, that the Buddhist Nirvana may possibly be...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SrEaTATOR."1 Sns, — Will you allow me, as James Hinton's friend and bio- grapher, to enter my most emphatic protest against the recently published book...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sra, — I do not wish to enter upon the fundamental difference that exists between your reviewer and myself in the interpreta- tion of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] nothing doubt the accuracy of Mr. Ward ' s anecdote ; indeed, I think I recognise the case. But I do feel a little surprise that so acute a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE SPECTATOR." &n, Allow me to correct a slip in to-day ' s Spectator, page 219. Yon state that " a Peer is an elector. " Now, this is not the case, so far...


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[To THR EDITOR or nor .. spscrwroa. ° ] SIR,—I regret that I did not see Dr. Hoggan ' s letter in the Spectator of February 11th in time to reply to it last week. In that letter...

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JOHN LINNELL.* THERE is a small exhibition of pictures now open at the fine- art galleries of Mr. Arthur Tooth, which, though it only con- tains twenty-five pictures, deserves...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.'l Sin,—I hope that you will allow me to call your attention to a most misleading paragraph in your otherwise excellent review of Professor...


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MORE SONNETS.* Mn. T. Herm G&INE'S selection differs from those we have recently had occasion to notice, by including both dead and living writers in the same volume, and by an...

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THE collection of essays which Professor Huxley has recently given to the public is, at least, equal in value and interest to any one of the three similar volumes that have...

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IN viewing a man's work, it is natural to look back to the sources from which it sprang. If a man's life is not always a fair test of the wisdom of his words, when life and...

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BARTOLOZZI.* Tars book purports to be a " biographical and

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descriptive account of the life and career of Francesco Bartolozzi, R.A., with some observations on the present demand and value of his his prints, be. ;" but it would be better...

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passed since Mr. Rossetti published his maiden Poems; and it would seem that in certain quarters his muse has; "won by her rareness such solemnity" as the politic Bolingbroke...

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Maria Wuz and Lorenz Stark. English Prints of Two German

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Originals. By F. and R. Story. (Longmans.) 1881.—No task in prose translation could be much harder than to give an idiomatic and intelligible version of Jean Paul, with that...

ScnooL Boors.—Precedence rightly belongs to a much-wanted class of books,

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those which aim at teaching teachers. To this belongs Notes of Lessons. By W. Taylor. (National Society.) -Mr. Taylor teaches in the National Society's Training College at...

The Annotated Bible : the New Testament. By the Rev.

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John Henry Blunt. (Rivingtmis.)—Mr. Blunt, whose industry is really quite phenomenal, has completed in this volume his "household com- mentary on the Holy Scriptures." For those...

The Englishman and the Scandinavian. By Frederick Metcalfe, M.A. (Triibner

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and Co.)—It must now be nearly a generation ago that Mr. Metcalfe published his "Oxonian in Norway," a successful pioneer in the field of Northern travel, now become well known...